Om­niFo­cus 2

The ul­ti­mate GTD ap­pli­ca­tion?

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - £30 De­vel­oper The Omni Group, OS OS X 10.9.2 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor, 49MB disk space

‘Get­ting Things Done’ (GTD) is a pop­u­lar sys­tem of time man­age­ment to help or­gan­ise your tasks. It’s based around a process of work­ing out what the ‘next ac­tion’ is in any project cou­pled to a set of ‘con­texts’ that let you know what ac­tions you can do, depend­ing on where you are and what’s avail­able to you. Om­niFo­cus, since it was re­leased in 2008, has been the most thor­ough im­ple­men­ta­tion of GTD avail­able on the Mac. It also had the steep­est learn­ing curve, with a func­tional in­ter­face, and a set of fea­tures that, while pow­er­ful, took a while to mas­ter. It was a piece of soft­ware you had to per­sist with, and if you did, you would you end up reap­ing the full ben­e­fits of its power.

The Omni Group is clearly aim­ing to change this. 2.0 fea­tures a re­worked in­ter­face to get users into the soft­ware quickly, and make the core parts of the GTD process – projects, con­texts, and the sys­tem of weekly re­views – more trans­par­ent.

A re­vamped side­bar now con­tains tabs for projects, con­texts, items you’ve flagged, and a ded­i­cated re­view tab for check­ing over the state of in­di­vid­ual projects. It also brings over a fea­ture that orig­i­nated on the iOS ver­sion – the Fore­cast tab com­bines items that have been marked as ‘due to­day’ along with meet­ings from your cal­en­dar, into one view, which high­lights the key things you have to do to­day. Fore­cast works re­ally well as a way of get­ting a top-line view of how busy you’re likely to be that day.

Fore­cast com­bines well with Fo­cus mode. This al­lows you to fo­cus on a project, con­text or folder full of ei­ther, block­ing out all the oth­ers. For ex­am­ple, if you’ve or­gan­ised projects into fold­ers called ‘Work’ and ‘Home’, you can se­lect the Home folder, hit Fo­cus, and only see items con­nected with Home.

If the re­design’s the most im­por­tant el­e­ment of Om­niFo­cus 2, there are a few new fea­tures that

Since it was re­leased, Om­niFo­cus has been the most thor­ough im­ple­men­ta­tion of GTD on the Mac

add to the app’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Quick Open, for ex­am­ple, lets you hit ç+O and start typ­ing the name of any project, con­text or to-do item to go straight to it.

Om­niFo­cus comes in a reg­u­lar edi­tion, priced at £30, and a Pro ver­sion that can be ac­cessed as an In-App Pur­chase on the Mac App Store for an additional £30. Pro in­cludes the abil­ity to cre­ate your own cus­tom views, ‘Per­spec­tives’, which let you com­bine con­text, project and sort­ing so it’s unique to you. It also adds Ap­pleScript sup­port. How­ever, for most users, the reg­u­lar edi­tion is more than enough. Both ver­sions sup­port sync­ing of your data across Mac and iOS de­vices. Steve Shel­don

Om­niFo­cus in­cludes ev­ery as­pect re­quired for a full im­ple­men­ta­tion of Get­ting Things Done on the Mac.

Fore­cast mode gives you the abil­ity to eas­ily see a day's ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing meet­ings.

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